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"Lost Album" Fan Theory

Woodvale (stylized as woodvale) is the name of Taylor’s rumored third alternative album that some fans thought she was working on in 2020. Taylor has stated that the album doesn’t exist. However, woodvale was used as a code name for her eighth studio album, folklore (2020).
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In 2020, Taylor surprised the world with not one but two new albums. She released folklore in July and it quickly became one of her most commercially successful and critically acclaimed records to date. In December, she surprise dropped a sister project to folklore, called evermore.


Mere days after the release of evermore, some fans were convinced that the folkmore era wasn’t over. There were theories going viral that a third album, called woodvale, was on its way. Fans were convinced that folklore and evermore were part of a trilogy of albums, just like she created the “Teenage Love Triangle” on the former album. This theory caught on when it was discovered that Taylor “secretly hid” the name “woodvale” in the “hide-and-seek Edition” of folklore.

Why woodvale Doesn't Exist

Now that her wildly-attentive fanbase was onto the theory that a third album of brand new material was on the way, Taylor explained what really happened. Turns out, it was all a happy mistake. During an interview with Jimmy Kimmel Live! in December 2020, she said that woodvale was a big “oops” from her team:

«Okay, well this takes a bit of explanation. So, I tend to be sort of annoyingly secret agent-y about dropping clues and hints and Easter eggs. And it’s very annoying. But it’s fun for fans and it’s fun for me because they like to pick up on things. And they’ll notice things in music videos or whatever. Then, sometimes I take it too far and I make a mistake. Basically, when I was making folklore, the album that came out back in July, I was too afraid to unveil the title of the album to even my closest teammates or management. I didn’t tell anybody the album title until it came out. So, I came up with a fake code name that had the same amount of letters as folklore. Chose a random name. Chose woodvale. Wanted to see how it would look on the album covers. Mocked them up. Then decided, I don’t really want the title on the album covers. Then forgot to take the fake code name off of one.»

Basically, Taylor went around for months telling those nearest and dearest to her that she was working on an album called woodvale. This obviously wasn’t true and folklore came out in July instead.
General Information
Associated Erafolklore & evermore Era
Time Frame2020
Rumored GenreAlternative
Rumored Producers
Aaron Dessner
Taylor Swift
evermore (2020)Fearless (Taylor’s Version) [2021]
Taylor talks about woodvale
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folklore (2020)

evermore (2020)